I almost forgot quite possibly the best thing from 2010…

Seriously, television was not much better, ever, than the final moments of Conan O’Brien’s short run on The Tonight Show.    His final speech is amazing.  Literally amazing.  He;s clearly on the verge of tears the whole time.  And then there’s this:

“I encounter people on the street now who just give me sorta a sad look…I have had more good fortune than anybody I know.  And if our next gig is doing a show in a 7-11 parking lot, we will find a way to make it fun.  We really will.  I have no problems.  And finally, I have something to say to our fans:  this massive outpouring of support and passion from so many people has been overwhelming for me.  The rallies, the signs, all this goofy outrageous creativity on the internet…the fact that people have travelled long distances and camped out all night in the pouring rain.  It’s pouring!  It’s been pouring for days!  And they’re camping out to be in our audience.  Here’s what all of you have done: you’ve made a sad situation joyous and inspirational.  So to all the people watching, I can never ever thank you enough for the kindness to me.  I’ll think about it for the rest of my life.  And all I ask is one thing, and I ask this particularly of young people that watch: please do not be cynical.  I hate cynicism.  For the record, it’s my least favorite quality.  It doesn’t lead anywhere.  Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get.  But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen. I’m telling you, amazing things will happen.”

Watch the video here.  I still haven’t figured out why YouTube videos look like crap on my blog lately, but the sound is just fine:

Then, immediately following this speech, Conan played guitar on a clebrity-laden version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird”.  Among the band for the performance is Will Ferrell on vocals, Ferrell’s real-life wife, Viveca Paulin,  Beck, Ben Harper, and ZZ Top guitarist, Billy Gibbons.  Once again, the video sucks, but here it is (or just go to YouTube and search “Conan O’Brien Freebird”).  This was just breathtaking television:

3 Responses to “I almost forgot quite possibly the best thing from 2010…”

  1. sethdellinger Says:

    I realize this post sits in opposition to my self-described cynical post against “New Years”. Well, I’d like to think that I am rarely cynical, hence why I made such a big deal out of the fact that I was being cynical in that post. Most of the time, I imagine myself fitting into Conan’s scheme of things—though only people who really know me would know if that’s true.

  2. You are being too hard on yourself for writing the cynical blog. You had an opinion and it was based on your past experiences and not entirely unfounded.

    • sethdellinger Says:

      Thank you! I do much appreciate that. I got a lot of shit (mostly via text messages) from people for that one. I thought it would be fine, cause who is passionate about NEW YEARS?? But no, I was not allowed to vent on that one. Though really, it was poorly written and does sound like I’m criticizing people that like NYE, which was not my intent. At any rate, thank you for making me feel better!

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